East Java Election Update

Nov 5th, 2008, in News, by

Update and results of the East Java election, and winning the votes of the Nahdlatul Ulama faithful.

On 4th November were held at least two elections in the world, the least important one being the run-off election for East Java governor (see Political Campaign Posters & Slogans for first round action).

The two pairs of candidates, Khofifah Indar Parawansa-Mudjiono, and Soekarwo-Saifullah Yusuf.

Provisional, unofficial results:

  • Khofifah Indar Parawansa-Mudjiono (PPP & PKPB, PBR, PNBK, PPNUI, PKPI, PDS, Partai Merdeka, PNI Marhaenisme, Partai Pelopor, PBSD, PSI (& PDI-P)) – 50.5%
  • Soekarwo-Saifullah Yusuf (Partai Demokrat, PAN, (& Golkar, PKB, PKS)) – 49.5%

While a count by the local branch of the PKS shows the positions reversed, 53% to 47%. antara

Turnout was roughly 55%. antara

Nahdlatul Ulama

Both teams made great efforts to claim the authority of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and leaders. The national head of NU, Hasyim Muzadi, stated that there was only one candidate in the race who is a member of NU, Khofifah, and he expected NU leaders to support her.

Meanwhile the Soekarwo-Saifullah Yusuf put much effort into winning the support of senior NU-affiliated clerics.

A campaign banner for the Soekarwo-Saifullah Yusuf pairing, featuring an array of leading and/or charismatic NU clerics in provincial areas of East Java:

The old men of yesterday’s world.

A different version of the above banner, up closer:



4 Comments on “East Java Election Update”

  1. Andrew says:

    Qualifications don’t matter these days – as long as you dress like an Arab, you’ll win!

  2. David says:

    While I realise no ones interested in this provincial backwater stuff but.. the official count has got the positions reversed, with Soekarwo-Saifullah Yusuf winning with 7.729.944 votes or 50.20% and Khofifah-Mudjiono (KaJi) with 7.669.721 or 49.80%. It’s probably going to get ugly because the Khofifah-Mudjiono lot are saying ‘no way’, and refused to sign the results form thing.

  3. wong jowo says:

    Too close to call! Thanks for keeping me up to date mr. Patung.

  4. David says:

    Still ongoing, Khofifah-Mudjiono took some voting irregularities in Madura to the Supreme Court and won the case, they ordered a recount in Pamekasan, and in Bangkalan and Sampang a re-staging of the election, within 60 days.

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